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maldon007 wrote:Another question, obviously you are sharpeing good steel there... What about the crap 440 stainless that most of my blades are made of, any different technique? (other than throwing them away, that is)
Don't get stingy with whichever lubricant you're using. Water can be kind of messy since it rolls off the stone, but don't let your stone get dry.
Fixxxer wrote:A decent compromise I've found to deal with the messiness outside of the shop is to place your stone on a 2x4 that you've cut to stand over your kitchen sink. This way, all the excess water or oil goes down the drain instead of onto your floor.
Sealegs wrote:For added super sharpening draw gently over the top of a car window. Not very high speed low drag but it's a cheapo finishing touch. If you have a car.
Edit because I thought I'd try and find someone silly enough to do it.
Ray Mears in glorious action [Wearing a Swedish surplus m/58 shirt I believe.] He does the car window thing but that was the only example I found. Maybe I'm just the odd man out on that one.
Afromonk wrote:No your not the only one, i've seen this before a few times, and this Ray mears clip.
Some people also use the coarse bottom of a mug as well, or a ceramic flower vase.
it serves the same purpose as "steeling" your knife.
I have a proper steel and don't really use it that much anyway preferring to strop instead
Sealegs wrote:A nice way to whet the stone if you have a reasonably porous cheap one is to dump it in water w. a little oil before getting to it. Keeps it moist a bit.
lonewolf15002000 wrote:I was always told that if you start a stone with water or oil to whet it you want to continue using the same medium rather then combining or switching between the 2 with each sharpening. Is this something I was told incorrectly Sealegs/Storm Crow (since you both know a lot more then I)? Or is there some actual merit to the information?
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